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Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 – 1939)
Riders Loping In (1936)
oil on canvas
24 × 30 inches
29 × 35 × 2 inches (framed)
signed and dated lower right

VERSO
Label, Findlay Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

In 1903, Frank Tenney Johnson, with the help of the editor of Field & Stream magazine, began planning a trip to the West which proved pivotal in his career. The following year he was on a cow ranch near Craig, Colorado when he wrote to his wife Vinnie, “On our way back to camp our horses knew where they were going and didn’t need any encouragement. The mosquitos were terrible until we got into the water of Bear River, and weren’t quite as bad when we got into the hills. The daylight faded quickly and then the stars burned brightly in the deepening blue vault of the heaven, which I love so much. It made me think of my darling wife so far away, as I rode along and all the fine paintings I’m going to make about this wonderful country and its wonderful people, when you and I are together again back in a studio in New York.”

PROVENANCE
General William Squire Wood, Beloit, Wisconsin, ca. 1950s
Present owner, by descent

LITERATURE
Harold McCracken, The Frank Tenney Johnson Book, Doubleday, 1974, p. 68, illustrated

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Frank Tenney Johnson

1874 – 1939

Riders Loping In (1936)
oil on canvas
24 × 30 inches
29 × 35 × 2 inches (framed)
signed and dated lower right
$300,000 – 500,000
Condition ReportSurface is in excellent condition. Small spots of inpainting in sky and upper-left corner, at the edge of frame. Small spots of inpainting to left of horse, in mountain.

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